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Bailey Wells is bestselling true crime author Paul Ellis' personal assistant. When Paul decides to research the murders that took place 20 years ago in Bailey's hometown, she has to go home again.
There, she becomes a murder suspect when Paul's wife drowns. Steve Burke, the detective sent to investigate the death, is drawn to Bailey, but since she's a suspect and his own wife recently died, he keeps his distance. But Paul's research is stirring up trouble, and it appears that Bailey will need Steve's close attention, as well as his protection.
Kantra presents an intriguing and nicely executed mystery combined with an agreeable romance. The characters have depth and act intelligently, and there's a nice amount of suspense, which keeps the interest building but doesn't overwhelm the story. (Aug., 336 pp., $7.99)